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Weed Killer and Pet Death

Weed Killer and Pet Death

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Discover the hidden dangers of many weed killers for lawn care, and the various steps that Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends in order to prevent pet death.

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The Benefits of Multivitamins

The Benefits of Multivitamins

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Find out more about the benefits of multivitamins and why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that you take targeted nutritional supplements to maintain optimal heart health.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Healthy, Inspiring Books for Children

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For the holidays, my wife and I passed on electronic gadgets and are instead giving books to the children in our lives. Unlike electronic gadgets, books don't emit harmful electropollution and reading them together will create lasting memories...

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Treat Fibromyalgia with Heart Nutrients? Absolutely

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently I asked my Facebook readers which health topics they wanted me to write about in my blog—and one overwhelming response is fibromyalgia. The good news, as I’ll explain in a minute, is that the same nutrients that support the heart can help with fibromyalgia.
 
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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Even with all the benefits that supplements and medication can provide, I frequently have to remind patients about the basics of good health—and that includes exercise. Even a minimal amount of regular activity can have immediate benefits--and it's never too late to start. Here's how...

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Winter Survival for Your Body and Mind

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One way to get through the post-holiday winter stretch is to start anticipating and planning your summer vacation time.  If you, like me, enjoy taking time to do something for your mind and body when you travel, I have a great suggestion for you. Consider joining me for a weekend in New England this June...

 

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Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays. Protect your digestive system with a little bacteria—the good kind, of course. Find out how to supplement your holiday diet with probiotics.

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Filed Under: Digestive Health

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Happiness Can Extend Your Life

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The power or positive thinking can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. People with less enjoyment in their lives were three times more likely to die before their happier counterparts. Learn more about how your attitude can impact your health.
 

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Indoor Tanning is Risky Business

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Before you turn to a tanning bed to maintain your summer glow this winter, consider the health risks. For instance, studies show that indoor tanning is linked to malignant melanoma, the deadliest kind. Learn other reasons why indoor tanning isn't worth the risk.
 

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Maple Syrup Gives You Valuable Health Perks

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The next time you sit down to a breakfast of fluffy pancakes, consider the health benefits of real maple syrup. The golden sweet liquid contains cancer-fighting properties and more. Find out more about the good stuff in this good stuff.

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Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Brightly colored veggies get more attention than pale cauliflower, but it is packed with just as many health benefits like cancer protection and a good dose of vitamin C. Find out what else this super food can do.
 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have teenage children, or grandchildren, I hope you'll help me share this important information. Many young people have taken up smoking hookah, which they think is less dangerous than cigarettes. But the fact is, it can be 100 times worse for their health. Here's why.

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Happy Decoration Day!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day—but no matter what we call it, this day is for remembering all of the men and women who have defended our nation.

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Mindful Summer Escapes

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Worried that all that dining out on summer vacation will take a toll on your waistline? Consider a healthier spin on summer vacation with a trip to a medi-spa. Find out how you can relax and renew in a healthy environment.

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Protect Your Vision with Fish

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A recent study on vision conducted a dietary analysis of more than 38,000 women and found that those who ate one or more fish meals a week were decidedly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.

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Israel Issues a New Warning About Cell Phone Dangers

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Israeli parliament has given blanket approval to a bill requiring cell phones there to bear the following health alert: “Warning—the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.”

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

High heat from an open flame creates highly carcinogenic compounds that are similar to the oxidized cholesterol found in your bloodstream, as well compounds that have been found to increase your risk of several of the most common kinds of cancer.

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Holiday Weight Loss Tips

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Holidays aren't typically synonymous with weight loss. In fact, while many of us look forward to the great meals, vacation, and time with family, we also dread the unavoidable extra pounds. But maybe we don't have to. Find out how you achieve holiday weight loss!

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Why You Need Vitamin Supplements

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

Every now and then, an expose on vitamins comes out in the media, blasting the need for vitamins. But these expose fail to acknowledge the science and medicine behind the value of nutritional supplements. Here's a reminder about why you need vitamin supplements.

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Good Vibrations

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Dr. Sinatra introduces visitors to some of his fellow colleagues who specialize in the impact of technology on the body.

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Neighborly Ties Are Good for Your Health

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/12/2014

We can all get caught up in the busyness of our hurried everyday lives, and forget to make time to get together with those who live in such close proximity to us. But when push comes to shove, good neighbors are those that are there when times get tough.

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Your Pet Can Lengthen Your Life!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/07/2014

Medical research has found that companion animals significantly increase longevity in people with coronary artery disease who have a heart attack, reduce blood pressure, and enhance the opportunity to meet other people.

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3 Vitamin Secrets Everyone Should Know

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While many of us might find taking multiple supplements challenging, it’s vital to remember that proper nutrition is essential to good health. Here are a few guidelines to make taking your vitamins easier and more effective. 

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Vacation Your Way to Better Health!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently, I saw an article about Americans and their vacations. While many other countries mandate four weeks of paid vacations (or more!), many Americans take one week of vacation or less. 

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The Healing Power of Saunas

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Going to as many health expos as I do, I appreciate walking through the exhibit halls and seeing the latest developments in health-boosting technology. That was the case years ago when I got to sit in a small sauna made with special cured wood and an electrical system that was perfect to install right in your own home.

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Can Optimism Improve Your Health?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Research has found that optimists are not only happier, they’re also healthier, live longer, and recover from illnesses better than those with less cheery outlooks. 

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The Not So Sweet Truth About Sugar

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You’ve all heard it: diet sodas are bad news. Now, as we’re heading into the hotter days of summer, I encourage you to add sports drinks and sweet teas to the “don’t drink it list”…

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Soup for Eye Health

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When it comes to eye health, it is essential that you get plenty of carotenoids in your daily diet—lutein and zeaxanthin in particular.

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Prevent Macular Degeneration

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Macular degeneration is an eye condition that results in functional blindness. It affect the macula, the “bull’s eye” center of the retina that records the images that you see and sends them via the optic nerve to your brain. 

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Three Tips for Detoxifying

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthier, lose weight, and generally clean up their acts. And one of the keys to accomplishing all three of those goals is detoxificaiton.

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Five Secrets for Effective Weight Loss

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Over the years, you’ve probably learned the hard way that dieting simply does not work. Almost any of the popular weight loss programs will show results in the short term, but when you return to your old eating habits, the pounds come right back.

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Mammography in Controversy

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Reduction of net benefit in 40- to 49-year-old women is due to harms associated with regular mammography screening, including “psychological harms, unnecessary imaging tests and biopsies in women without cancer, and inconvenience due to false-positive screening results."

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Postoperative Resistance Training

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra is a big fan of resistance training, and used this great form of exercise to prepare for hip replacement surgery. He then focused on strengthening his upper body, as he knew he’d need it while using a walker postoperatively for a while.

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Benefits of Resistance Training

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rather, resistance training is defined as any exercise that involves contracting your muscles against some form of external resistance—a dumbbell, rubber exercise tubing, or even your own body weight. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, the goal of resistance training is “to gradually and progressively overload the musculoskeletal system so it gets stronger.”

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How Happy Are You?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You would think that the older you get, the more vulnerable to heartbreak and unhappiness you become—but research has shown just the opposite.

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Successful Surgery Recovery

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

About six months before my scheduled hip surgery, I started to “train” for it, much as I trained for wrestling matches during my athletic heyday. Here’s the 5-step plan I followed.

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Beat Your Sugar Habit

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The dangers of excess refined carbohydrate and sugar consumption are downright endemic in our society. Sugar causes a myriad of health concerns from obesity and diabetes to high blood pressure levels and cardiovascular problems. Excess sugar is even a major culprit in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain.

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How Dangerous is Your Bathroom?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Our bathrooms may be a minefield of toxins. Some of the compounds in things like our daily shampoos contain chemicals that have never been tested for safety in terms of human consumption. Others may contribute to physical dilemmas ranging from cancer to infertility.

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San Francisco To Pass Cell Phone Law

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

In response to the health dangers of radition exposure, San Francisco is poised to pass a law forcing cell phone manufacturers to identify the level or amount of radiation the cell phone emits.

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Osteoporosis 101

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Osteoporosis affects 75 million of us in the US, Japan, and Europe. And women are four times more likely to develop low bone mass than men.

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Secondhand Smoke Hurts Your Pets

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cats living with smoking owners have double the rate of feline leukemia, more breathing problems like asthma, and higher rates of oral cancers (when cats lick their smoke-laden fur, grooming themselves delivers toxins to the mouth). Dogs cohabitating with smokers are at risk for lung and nasal cancers.

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The Teeth-Organ Connection

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

According to Chinese medicine, the teeth overlay a complex meridian system that represents a map of the human body—which means addressing a problematic tooth can assuage a more systemic problem. 

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We Can Knock Out Cancer--Right Now!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Sinatras spend an evening at the home of Suzanne Somers mingling with MDs and others who had contributed to her recent book Knockout: Interviews with doctors who are curing cancer... and how to prevent it in the first place.

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